Every woman has her own pubic philosophy. Whether you are an advocate of the less-is-more school of thought or the increasingly retro long-hair-don’t-care look, there is no right or wrong when it comes to removing pubic hair, however it should always be your own personal choice.
With no discernible health benefits, the choice to remove pubic hair is a mainly aesthetic one with around 84% of women reported as grooming regularly or semi-regularly. With many options out there such as waxing, laser-treatment, electrolysis and depilatories, shaving still remains the most common choice as it can be done easily and cheaply at home.
However with ease comes recklessness! Many women do not shave their nethers properly, going at their pubes with minutes to spare in their morning shower and putting themselves at risk of bumps, burns, ingrown hairs and even folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle, duh!)
So to help you get the smoothest and safest shave possible, here are the bare necessities:
1. Do Not Go Blindly Into Shaving One’s Pubes
We’ve all done it; the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey version of shaving our lady bits and yeah, not a great idea! For everyone’s sake, use a hand mirror! Being able to actually see what you’re doing lessens the risk of a) nicking something (ouch!) and b) missing a spot and making your vulva look as patchy as an adolescent boy’s beard. No one wants that!
2. Snip Snip!
Depending on how much pubic hair you’re rocking, take some scissors to them first, trimming as much as possible. If you have a lot of pubic hair, going straight at them with a razor is going to clog and dull your vital tools very quickly. Pull the hair outwards and carefully snip as close to the skin as you can – but not too close! Pop this excess in your bin and voila, you’ve saved your razor, your time and your drains!
3. Soak it Up
When shaving any part of the body it’s important to soak the hairs in warm water first in order to soften them up. This is even more true with your pubes as the hair is much thicker and more coarse and will take its toll on your razor if party to a dry shave. Soak in the tub or take your time in the shower before getting down to business.
4. Exfoliate – That’s Right, Exfoliate!
Didn’t know you could exfoliate your pubic area huh did ya? Well you can. But it’s super important to be gentle and only exfoliate the outer areas – NOT you inner labia. Using an exfoliating cleanser or body scrub and an exfoliating mitt, loofah or body brush, ever so gently buff your pubic area with small circular motions. This will remove dead skin cells, prevent ingrown hairs and even help you get a closer shave!
5. Use a GOOD Shaving Cream or Gel
Ideally, choose a shaving cream or gel with a soothing agent such as aloe vera or one that moisturizes with vitamins while on the skin. As mentioned, the pubic area is much more delicate and with coarser hairs than the rest of the body so a specially formulated cream for that area is the best option. Shaving creams provide a barrier between your razor and your skin, preventing irritation. No matter which cream you’ve opted for, test it on the back of your leg first to make sure you’re not allergic.
6. No Dull or Old Razors Allowed
Using a dull or old razor on your pubic area is perhaps the biggest no-no of the lot. If your razor isn’t sharp, you’re going to have to run over the area you want to shave several times to remove the hair, which will not only cause irritation but because older blades are more likely to harbor bacteria, you’re doing to be exposing your delicate pubic area to THAT too. Use a sharp razor, preferably with more than one blade and a moisturizing strip or gel bar for extra points. Even better, get a bikini razor especially designed for getting to those hard-to-reach areas!
7. Hold Tight!
Razors work best on flat surfaces, and your lady bits are not exactly a sheet of alabaster. Use your free hand to pull the skin tight and to give your razor the flattest surface possible. Glide your razor over your skin, without pressure; pressing on your skin does not give you a closer shave, it just collects more dead skin in those blades which, um, no.
8. What Direction?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that shaving against the grain will give you a much closer shave and shaving with the grain will prevent irritation and ingrown hairs. The choice, my friend, is yours. However, we’d resoundingly recommend the latter. Shaving against the grain is perfectly fine for your legs and other less sensitive areas, but your pubic zone needs a little more TLC.
9. Rinse & Dry
You’re almost done! Once you’ve finished shaving, simply rinse the area with warm water and lightly pat dry with a towel. Be sure not to rub your towel around the area as it may cause irritation.
10. Post-Shave Care
Now that your lady garden is pruned and sheared, it’s time for the final flourish! Applying a moisturizer to just-shaved skin provides the area with some much-needed hydration as well as helping to close the pores and prevent bacteria from entering.
Although it may be tempting to use any old body lotion, for the pubic area it’s best to go au naturale. Natural oils such as coconut, jojoba or lavender are excellent at softening the skin and preventing post-shave dryness while aloe vera is your absolute go-to for soothing your most intimate of areas.
When it comes to shaving below the belt, the key give the your pubes about 10x more attention as you would afford your legs and most importantly, not to do it too often! Give your pubic hair time to grow out before going at it again, follow these easy steps and you’ll be smooth and itch free every time!
Oh, and if you have roommates, don’t forget to unclog that sinkhole. Seriously.
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners